Los Angeles Angels Sign Raul Ibanez

by James Lumalu | Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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Raul Ibanez

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with outfielder Raul Ibanez on a one-year deal worth $2.75MM. The deal can potentially be worth up to $5MM with incentives.

After Mark Trumbo was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal with the Chicago White Sox, the Angels had an obvious need at designated hitter.

However, with the team still trying to lure another starting pitcher, they could not afford more expensive options such as Corey Hart or Michael Morse. Former Angel Kendrys Morales was also out of the question due to the draft pick compensation required to sign him.

Ibanez, 41, slashed .242/.306/.487 with 29 homeruns and 65 RBI for the Seattle Mariners last season.The 29 homeruns were actually the most hit by a Mariner in 2013. Ibanez saw his ISO continue to trend upward to .244 last season, up from .174 in 2011 and .214 in 2012.

Defensively, Ibanez posted a -25.9 UZR/150 and -19 Defensive Runs Saved in 824 1/3 innings in left field. Despite being below average defensively, the Mariners were forced to give Ibanez playing time in left field because of the presence of Kendrys Morales.

The fit with the Angels is a good one. With Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, Kole Calhoun and J.B. Shuck on the roster, Ibanez will rarely see playing time in the outfield and should DH full time.

The Angels likely have one more move left in them for a starting pitcher. The dream scenario would be either Masahiro Tanaka or Matt Garza, but they might have to settle for a lower tiered pitcher if the bidding for those two elevates above the Angels’ limited budget.

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